BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) _ A tightrope walker died Friday, hours after losing his balance and falling 50 feet from a wire stretched more than one-third of a mile over downtown Baden-Baden.

Lutz Schreyer, 26, in front of about 15,000 people who gathered Thursday night to watch the Traber family, a group of well-known high-wire artists.

The tragedy occurred as he following Falco Traber on a wire that stretched 2,116 feet from a church to a spa.

Traber just completed his walk when Schreyer, wearing a helmet with a video camera to record the feat, lost his balance shortly before reaching the end.

Witnesses said he clung to the wire for a brief time before losing his grip.

Schreyer was flown to a clinic just across the border in Strasbourg, France, where he was declared dead Friday, Johann Traber, leader of the performing family, said in Baden-Baden.

Police said there was no evidence of sabotage or technical problems with the wire.